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frank5817
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Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new
      #5700904 - 02/26/13 01:45 AM Attachment (23 downloads)

On Sunday evening I was getting a wonderful view of the lunar terminator near the western limb just a half day before full Moon. The favorable longitudinal libration of -04° 40’ was creating an opportunity to see craters along the terminator that are often poorly placed for viewing.
With storms on the way from the southwest this was a good evening to attempt a sketch. The calm before the arrival of storms often leaves the seeing fair to good as was the case on this night. Craters such as Vasco da Gama (99 km.), Bohr (73 km.), Dalton (63 km.), Balboa (71 km.) and part of Einstein (175 km.) were all seen. Craters Cardanus (51 km.) and Krafft (53 km.) and the crater chain (catena) between them were in bright sunlight. The views all along the terminator were magnificent.
Sketching:

For this sketch I used: black Strathmore 400 Artagain paper (9” x 12”), white and black Conte’
pastel pencils. In addition a small artist’s brush and powdered Conte’ white crayon was used for blending. Contrast was slightly increased (+2) using a scanner to better match the original.
Telescope: 13.1 inch f/ 5.9 Dobsonian and 6 mm eyepiece 327 X
Date: 02-25-2013, 04:00-06:30 UT
Temperature: 0.0° C (32° F)
Partly cloudy, calm
Seeing: Antoniadi III
Colongitude 86.9 °
Lunation 14.87 days
Illumination 99.5 %

Frank McCabe


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frank5817
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: frank5817]
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mike73
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: frank5817]
      #5700994 - 02/26/13 03:59 AM

Stunning Frank, very nice indeed!

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Jef De Wit
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: mike73]
      #5701154 - 02/26/13 08:29 AM

Great work!

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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5701166 - 02/26/13 08:38 AM

Totaly beautiful sketch Frank.

Andre


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frank5817
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: Andrev]
      #5701787 - 02/26/13 02:27 PM

Mike, Jef and Andre,

Thanks guys, nice words from 3 of my favorite sketchers.

Frank


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niteskystargazer
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: frank5817]
      #5702040 - 02/26/13 04:43 PM

Frank,

Very nice sketch of the Lunar Terminator .

CS,KLU,

,

Tom


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Aquarellia
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: niteskystargazer]
      #5702134 - 02/26/13 05:37 PM

So nice Frank ! 2:30 hours of sketch for a splendid result

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frank5817
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: Aquarellia]
      #5702180 - 02/26/13 06:01 PM

Tom and Michel

Thank you both for commenting with your kind words.
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Michel - I actually sketched for less than 2 hours; I went indoors to warm my hands and fingers a few times. I have fingerless gloves but they are not helpful to me.

Frank


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maroubra_boy
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: frank5817]
      #5702210 - 02/26/13 06:19 PM

Frank, what a wonderful rendition. You've laid down a wealth of detail, and show a masterful sense of observation and control of the media. The thin rile between Krafft and Cardanus is gorgeous. The variation in illumination of the plains and the major craters is stunning.

Well done mate!

Alex.


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PeterDob
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: maroubra_boy]
      #5702978 - 02/27/13 07:33 AM

Oh yes... I love it too! Gorgeous drawing and wonderful detail... You're one heck of an artist, Frank! Congratulations!

Peter


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frank5817
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb [Re: PeterDob]
      #5703386 - 02/27/13 12:08 PM

Alex and Peter,

Thank you both, this is a great place to post sketches because I get to see your works here and those of all the other sketchers.

Frank


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JimPie
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: frank5817]
      #5704945 - 02/28/13 09:12 AM

Its a beaut! Amazing fine details (topographical) in Balboa-A and Dalton.

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Uwe Pilz
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: JimPie]
      #5706461 - 03/01/13 12:13 AM

Sketching the limb is more complicated. Well done and a lot of details!

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frank5817
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: Uwe Pilz]
      #5706512 - 03/01/13 01:22 AM

Jim and Uwe,

Thank you for your kind words and best to you both in your observing and sketching.

Frank


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Tommy5
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: frank5817]
      #5709618 - 03/02/13 09:46 PM

Very nice sketch of the moon, is there any part of the visible moon that you haven't sketche?

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frank5817
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: Tommy5]
      #5709696 - 03/02/13 10:48 PM

Tom,

Thanks for the compliment.
There are many features on the Moon I have not sketched, many are right in the middle of the Earth facing side. I have a list.

Frank


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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: frank5817]
      #5710167 - 03/03/13 09:12 AM

That sure is a pretty sketch, Frank.

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JeanB
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: rolandlinda3]
      #5712563 - 03/04/13 01:43 PM

Terrific work, Frank! And thanks for the report and the info: I like that.

Jean


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frank5817
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Re: Lunar Terminator Near to the Western Limb new [Re: JeanB]
      #5713619 - 03/04/13 11:38 PM

Roland and Jean,

Thank you much, I'm happy you both liked the sketch, it was exciting for me to be lucky enough to capture this scene.

Frank


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